Thursday, July 6, 2017

First Look: PARADE at Chance Theater

Allen Everman as Leo Frank. All photos by Doug Catiller, True Image Studio

Chance Theater is currently in previews for the Jason Robert Brown musical Parade which opens July 8th @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center on the Cripe Stage. The musical tells the story of the real-life 1913 trial of Jewish factory manager, Leo Frank (Allen Everman), accused and convicted of raping and murdering a 13-year-old employee, Mary Phagan (Gabrielle Adner). The show illustrates the dark realities of a time where prejudice, discrimination, and class separation were common practice in the community, just one moment in history that has repeated itself over and over because of a community’s intolerance. As a result, unfortunate circumstances, tragic events and a questionable judicial system continue to plague generations to follow.

Director Kari Hayter says, “I am most interested in exploring Parade as an intimate and exposed platform that reveals the most raw and universal truths of a community in order to remind us of our responsibilities today to demonstrate love, tolerance, and acceptance.” Parade runs through July 30th. Tickets:

Madison Miller (Monteen), Madeline Ellingson (Iola Stover), and Alissa Finn (Essie)

Robert Stroud as Newt Lee

Erica Schaeffer (Lucille Frank) and Allen Everman (Leo Frank)

Devin Collins (Judge Roan) and Chris Kerrigan (Hugh Dorsey)

Dillon Klena as Frankie Epps

Tucker Boyes (Governor John Slaton), Asia Washington (Minola McKnight),
and Erica Schaeffer (Lucille Frank)

Tucker Boyes as Governor John Slaton

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